England v New Zealand: Trott insists no pressure to score quick runs

England v New Zealand: Jonathan Trott insists there is no pressure on him to score quick runs on the second day of first Test

By James Dutton

Jonathan Trott insists there is no pressure on the England batsman to score quick runs on the second day of the first Test against New Zealand, after they reached a paltry 160-4 at Lord’s.

England had won the toss and batted for 80 overs, Trott leading with 39, before rain ended play early.

“That’s why there’s five days set aside for these games, it ebbs and flows and you can get sessions where 120 or 130 runs are scored,” said Trott.

“It’s not a T20. We have to hang in there and respect the game.”

Despite poor batting displays costing England during their drawn three-Test tour of New Zealand in March, Trott is adamant that it has not made the batsmen overcautious.

“There’s no hangover,” said the 32-year-old Warwickshire right-hander.

“This is a new series and everyone has gone and played some county cricket to get into form.

“It was a drawn Test series – we didn’t get thumped, but people react like drawing a Test series is a huge thing. It’s an example of where English cricket is, people expect us to win and so do we. That’s healthy.”

England ended the day with Yorkshire duo Joe Root and Johnny Bairstow at the crease, and Trott believes the form of the former, who has struck 646 runs in four first-class innings this season, will be crucial.

“Joe has obviously been in good form,” added Trott. “He seems to have his game in good order and hopefully the players around him can help him progress into everything that we want him to be for English cricket.”

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